Kate Middleton’s future in Firm laid bare at Philip’s funeral: ‘Really saw it’

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KATE MIDDLETON’s future in the Royal Family was laid bare during Prince Philip’s funeral as the Duchess became the pillar on which everyone lent on, according to an expert.

It isn’t the first time Kate has stunned royal watchers.

Earlier this year, she accompanied the rest of the family to the funeral of Prince Philip.

As the nation joined them to bid farewell to the Duke of Edinburgh, Kate stood out to watchers from the assembled royals.

Kate Middleton: Her behaviour at Philip's funeral hinted at her future position, an expert claimed

Kate Middleton: Her behaviour at Philip’s funeral hinted at her future position, an expert claimed (Image: GETTY)

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James Bond: Kate wowed at the premier of the new James Bond film (Image: GETTY)

She captured the public imagination with the now-famous image of her seated in the funeral car with a black mask covering her lower face and thin veil pulled across her eyes.

Emily Andrews, a royal author, claimed that the image — and Kate’s presence throughout the funeral — proved that she was fit to be the future Queen of England.

Speaking to Channel 5’s documentary, ‘Kate: Our Queen in Waiting’, she said: “Here was a woman at the top of her game, perfectly turned out.

“But also, quite rightly, taking her place as one of the most senior members of the Royal Family.

The Queen: Her Majesty pictured at the funeral with Kate stood to her left

The Queen: Her Majesty pictured at the funeral with Kate stood to her left (Image: GETTY)

She also noted the significance of Kate’s jewellery, and explained: “She’s wearing a pair of pearl and diamond earrings that had actually been permanently lent to her by the Queen.

“Pearls and diamonds are the traditional jewellery you wear for mourning.”

Tom Quinn, another royal author, added: “That incredibly elegant Catherine Walker dress coat with the bow on the shoulder, the net in the hair, the incredibly glossy hair.”

Prince William: Kate and the future king pictured inside the chapel

Prince William: Kate and the future king pictured inside the chapel (Image: GETTY)

Prince Harry: Kate walked alongside the two brothers after the ceremony

Prince Harry: Kate walked alongside the two brothers after the ceremony (Image: Youtube/TheRoyalFamilyChannel)

After the funeral, Kate was commended for acting as the family’s glue, offering each member support throughout.

Most notably, when leaving the chapel after the ceremony, Kate walked side-by-side with Prince Harry.

Relations between the Duke of Sussex and the rest of the family were at the time tense after he appeared in a string of broadcast interviews taking aim at the Firm in the weeks before.

The most memorable stint came when he sat down with US talk show host Oprah Winfrey and suggested that the family had been racist and had failed to help Meghan Markle, his wife, with her mental health struggles.

He returned to the UK to attend Phillips’ funeral, after which Kate appeared to manoeuvre a conversation between William and Harry.

Images showed Kate walking alongside Harry and speeding up to reach William who was ahead of them.

As the trio walked in a row, Kate slowly dropped back, leaving the two brothers alone.

Meanwhile, Kate is thought to be preparing to join William on the green carpet at the first ever Earthshot Prize Awards Ceremony at London’s Alexandra Palace on Sunday 17 October.

Kate latest: She later drifted away from the brothers, leaving them to talk on their ow

Kate latest: She later drifted away from the brothers, leaving them to talk on their ow (Image: Youtube/TheRoyalFamilyChannel)

The pair will join a number of high-profile guests on the night, including performances from Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Yemi Alade, KSI and Shawn Mendes.

Sir David Attenborough will also speak about the importance of the Earthshot Prize and his optimism in tackling environmental challenges.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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